So is a nine-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his parents, sister and brother in a village in Tak Province. His father works at a construction site, and his mother is a homemaker. Since schools closed due to Covid-19, So and his siblings have stopped studying. So now helps out around the house, watering their garden and helping his mother with preparing meals. His sister works as a dishwasher at a Thai noodle soup shop. The family's monthly household income is just enough to cover their basic expenses. After So's birth, the medic noticed that So had a mass on the right side of his neck. When the medic pressed the mass with his finger, So did not react and the medic assumed the mass was not painful. The medic then told So’s parents that the mass was fatty tissue and that they had nothing to worry about. However, he would need to receive surgery to remove the mass when he was older. As So grew older, the mass also slowly increased in size. Currently, the muscles in his neck are stiff and the mass is painful when it is touched. Frequently, So will wake up in the middle of the night in pain after he turns in his sleep, putting pressure on the mass. He feels like the mass is gradually increasing in size and is becoming heavier. Doctors want So to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of So's CT scan and care, which is scheduled for March 9th. So shared, "I have wanted to remove this mass since I was five years old because my friends tease me a lot. Sometimes, I get very frustrated. I will be much happier once I go through this procedure."
Kamukama is 23-year-old farmer from Uganda. She studied records and information management in university, and has yet to secure employment. Currently, Kamukama lives with her parents practicing subsistence farming. Her father brokers cows, while her mother works on the farm to make ends meet for their family. In February, Kamukama had a miscarriage at 2 months. Weeks later, she developed persistent abdominal pains and high-grade fevers that were managed with pain medication. However, the pains persisted, and she came to Rushoroza Hospital for review. Scan results were suggestive of pelvic abscess, a life-threatening condition in which infected fluids accumulate either in the fallopian tubes, or other abdominal tissues. Now, Kamukama requires curative laparotomy to reduce complications such as peritonitis and septic shock, which could be fatal. She is not able to meet the cost of surgery and appeals for help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kamukama receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a curative laporotomy, a surgery to remove cancerous tissue, on March 8th at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $284, and Kamukama and her family need your support. Kamukama shared, “I pray for a successful surgery. I am still a youth and have many dreams in life. I hope to find the job of my profession as soon as I recover completely.”
Natukunda is a 23-year-old woman and a trained nurse who is currently in search of employment. Her husband is a teacher, but unfortunately lost his job when Covid-19 hit the country. Their family lives in a single-roomed house and works casual jobs to make ends meet. Natukunda is expecting her first child, and recently came for her last antenatal visit at Nyakibale Hospital. During a scan, the fetus was found to be in breech position, which makes normal delivery difficult. The doctor advised Natukunda to undergo a C-section surgery to ensure both her and her child are safe. Efforts to deliver normally might result in uterine tear, or severe complications. However, Natukunda is unable to meet the cost of care for this procedure, and appeals for financial support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Natukunda undergo this C-section procedure on March 9th at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Natukunda shared, “I mostly pray to God to have mercy on me and enable me to have a baby of my own. I desire to deliver safely and thereafter, look for a job."
Daniel is a 7-year-old student from Tanzania. He is the first born child and has one younger sister who is two years old. Daniel is a big lover of football. He is currently in class three and his best subject is mathematics. His father passed away a couple years ago, and his mother has been raising him and his sister ever since. Daniel's mother depends on small scale farming of maize and vegetables to be able to provide for her two children. Last April, Daniel was attacked by a hyena as he was taking a bath outside their hut in the evening. The hyena grabbed him by the leg and started running with him towards the bushes. Daniel's mother was close by bathing his younger sister, and ran after the hyena while crying for help. During the chase and fight, the hyena happened to drop Daniel on the ground, leaving him with claw injuries, broken bones and a badly injured face. His nose was disfigured during the attack. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Daniel receive treatment. On March 9th, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure to reconstruct his nose. Now, Daniel's family needs help to fund this $747 procedure. Daniel's mother shared, “I will start by thanking everyone who made my son’s first surgery of reconstructing his nose possible because it made such a big change. He has now been scheduled for another surgery which will help make his nose even better but I have no means of getting the money to cover the cost. Please help.”
Sethika is a 2-year-old girl who lives in the countryside with her grandmother; her parents work and live in Phnom Penh. She loves to eat fruit and listen to her grandmother sing. When she was nine months old, her mother noticed that the thumb of her left hand was abnormally extended. She is unable to flex her finger or move it voluntarily, making it difficult to hold or grab things. Surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre will perform a tendon procedure to secure her thumb. Sethika's mother said, "I hope that she can move her thumb well and grab onto her things so that she can play and write easily as she grows up."
Bekila is an adorable young boy from Ethiopia who loves to spend his time with his mom and to play with other children. He is in grade 2 this year. His dad is a student in a college and studies plant science--he will graduate this month. His mom is a housewife. In the rainy season, they work on their farm. With the fruit of that, they earn enough to lead their life. Since birth, Bekila has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him weakness and pain affecting his studies and play. He was able to have his left-sided hernia treated earlier, but now needs treatment for his right inguinal hernia. Fortunately, on February 23rd, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $512 to fund Bekila's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. His mother said: “I hope with this surgery, the bulge will disappear and he will get normal and free of any complications. And I hope he will be a doctor and one day help another sick child in the same condition as ours, troubled and worried.”
Vathanak is a 6-year-old with one younger brother. Vathanak's father works as a sugarcane farmer and his mother works at home. His favorite meal is pork curry with fried vegetables. Vathanak wants to be a policeman or engineer when he grows up. In his free time he enjoys playing with his brother, flying a kite, reading books, and writing letters. Two years ago Vathanak began having problems breathing, swallowing, and sleeping at night. He experiences nasal obstruction, snoring, fevers, and weight loss due to difficulty swallowing. His parents worry about his condition and must spend money on medicines every month to treat his symptoms. He has been diagnosed with grade four tonsil hypertrophy and ENT surgeons at our Medical Partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) will perform a tonsillectomy. Vathanak's family is raising $241 to cover the cost of his treatment. Vathanak's mother said, "I hope my son can breathe better and be able to sleep well."
Sophea is a 4-year-old preschooler from Cambodia. She has three sisters and one brother. Sophea's father is a printing house worker and her mother works in a factory. Sophea has had a recurrent ear infection for the last two years, and she was recently hospitalized with fever and ear discharge. Sophea has been diagnosed with a persistent ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear ear to perforate. Sophea experiences pain, fever, ear discharge and hearing loss. Because she cannot hear well, she cannot communicate clearly with others. Sophea traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 16th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Once she has recovered, she will be able to communicate and socialize well with other children her age. Sophea's parents shared, "We hope our daughter will stop getting infections after surgery and her hearing will improve."
Roseline is a 3-year-old girl from Kenya. She is a sweet child who is currently in preschool and likes to play a lot. Roseline is the second born in a family of two kids. Her parents are separated, so she lives with her mother. Her mother is unemployed and does casual jobs at construction sites to support their family. Because they do not have a house helper, Roseline accompanies her mother to work. Earlier this month, Roseline had an accident while she was playing on cement bags on a construction site. When she fell, some of the bags fell on her left leg, fracturing the femur. Her mother took her to a government hospital, where doctors confirmed the fracture with an x-ray. Due to a strike at that hospital, Roseline's mother brought her to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Nazareth Hospital so that Roseline could be admitted for a fracture repair surgery. She was initially afraid of her daughter undergoing surgery, but Roseline's father convinced her it was necessary to help heal their daughter's injury. However, the cost of hospital admission was too high for them to afford. Currently, Roseline is in pain and unable to walk. If she does not get this treatment, her leg may heal abnormally and she may have limited mobility in the future. Roseline's family appeal for financial support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 16th, Roseline will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will allow her to walk with ease and prevent further complications including disability. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Roseline's mother shared, “I am so desperate and don’t know what to do. I would just have taken my daughter back home and wait for God, though I would be happier to see my daughter running up and down again. I will appreciate any help you can provide."
Musiimenta is a primary school teacher expecting her third child. She shared with us that she lost her first child during birth and has now come to the hospital for an assessment after feeling pain. Her doctor has recommend she deliver via c-section surgery to ensure a safe and healthy delivery for both Musiimenta and her new baby. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Musiimenta undergo a C-Section on January 22nd. This procedure will cost $207 and Musiimenta needs your support. Musiimenta says, “I hope and pray for a successful surgery. I will proceed with teaching as soon as primary school reopen completely.”
Lip is a 13-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is the second child in his family and has an older sister. Lip's father earns a living as a construction worker, and his mother is a housewife. When he is not in school, Lip likes reading books and playing football with neighbors. He told us that his favorite food is fried meat, and he loves drinking juice and milk. When he grows up, Lip wants to be a soldier. For the last three years, Lip has had troubling symptoms. He has difficulty swallowing, frequent sore throats, and often has a fever. Lip's mother brought him to our medical partner's care center, where specialty doctors diagnosed him with tonsillitis. Lip will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy procedure on January 19th. Children's Surgical Centre is requesting $241 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Once recovered, he will be free of pain and will be able to return to eating his favorite foods again. Lip's parents shared, "We hope that our son will be better after the surgery and will be able to breathe easier."
Kabarangira is a 30-year-old married woman and a mother to one child who was delivered via caesarean section. She is now expecting her second child. Kabarangira is the firstborn in a family of six children, with two brothers and three sisters who are all still in school and under her support. Kabarangira herself studied and holds a diploma in nursing, but unable to find a job in nursing, she currently makes a living by owning and running a small drug store. Her store is located deep in her village, which she shared results in earning little profit due to low sales. Kabarangira is 38 weeks into her pregnancy. She has a history of one previous c-section from delivering her first child in 2012. Kabarangira attended antenatal care clinics at Nyakibale Hospital. At her last visit, she was recommended to undergo a scan, which showed her fetus in cephalic presentation with a loosened nuchal card. Doctors recommend Kabarangira deliver by a caesarean section for a better delivery outcome and to prevent complications for her and her baby. However, she and her husband are unable to pay for the cost of her surgery, and appeal for financial support. Kabarangira will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. She is scheduled to undergo a C-Section on January 20th. African Mission Healthcare is requesting $252 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. The surgery will allow her to safely deliver her baby. Kabarangira shared, “I have a feeling and really believe that I will be able to deliver a live and healthy baby. Once the baby is born, I will continue operating my drug store."